30 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Fierce battles as rebels fight to hold Aleppo

Syria foes ‘advance’ in battle-wracked Aleppo

Government forces claim to have stormed rebel-held Salaheddin district, but Free Syrian Army commanders deny the loss.
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 12:19 GMT

Middle East

Anti-Putin punk rockers face trial in Moscow

Three members of Pussy Riot band face seven years in prison for storming church altar to denounce Russian president.
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 11:19 GMT


US ‘wasted’ $200m on training Iraqi police

Report from auditors finds that massive US programme to train Iraqi police was unwanted and led to ‘de-facto waste’.
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 14:09 GMT

Middle East

Rebels near Aleppo

Robert Fisk: For the minorities, even neutrality is unsafe

30 July 2012 12:00 AM

So today, amid Aleppo’s torment, let us remember minorities. The Palestinians of Syria, more than half a million of them, and the 1.5 million Christians – the largest number of whom live in Aleppo – who are Syrian citizens and who now sit on the edge of the volcano.

Romney in Jerusalem

Romney offends with Israel-Palestine remarks

Speech puts Israel’s accomplishments down to ‘power of at least culture and a few other things’

“In characterizing Israel’s economic superiority to the Palestinians, Romney said this: As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance,…”..Israel‘s economic success compared to its Palestinian neighbours was due in part to “the hand of providence”, Mitt Romney told a $25,000-a-head fundraising event in Jerusalem on Monday.

Romney drew a comparison between Israel’s economic success and the Palestinians’. “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” he said.

In fact, according to the World Bank, Israel had a per capita gross domestic product of about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza had a per capita GDP of just over $1,500.

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